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Aug 24, 2000, 23:19 (0 Talkback[s])
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By Amy Newman, ServerWatch

Earlier this week, Linuxlab announced it had expanded the boundaries of high-density server configuration with the release of its Saratoga Rack 160.

The company also released its 800 MHz ThinRack 4-in-1 server configuration, designed to be part of the Saratoga Rack 160. When combined with the Linuxlab FarMan management software, 4-in-1 provides a comprehensive Linux-based server-clustering solution.

The Saratoga Rack 160 is designed to enable information providers to place up to 160 Web servers in a standard six-foot sever rack. It can hold up to 40 ThinRack 4-in-1 servers with 4 x 800 Mhz Pentium III Intel microprocessors, 4 x 128 MB of RAM, 4 ultra-small 6 GB hard disk drives, and 2 power supplies.

"Our server farms conserve valuable floor space for data centers, Web hosting sites and internet service providers," said Charles Liu, Linuxlab founder and chief technology officer.

The Saratoga Rack 160 consolidates server farms by allowing up to 160 servers to be placed in a standard six-foot equipment rack. This hardware design conserves up to 75 percent of the space required by traditional single-server configurations. Saving floor space enables additional racks to hold hundreds of extra servers. For busy e-commerce sites, this means four racks can hold up to 640 servers; traditional configurations hold only 160 servers in the same space.

Linuxlab's goal is to be the leading supplier of Linux server solutions for IT professionals. "Each IU plate can hold four servers, and we can put 40 plates into a standard six-foot rack, creating the highest server density in the industry," Liu said.

All Linuxlab Web servers come with the Linux operating system and Apache Web server software preinstalled. Linuxlab also recently released its FarMan server cluster management software, which runs on any Intel-compatible microprocessor board. FarMan gives network administrators the first Linux-based pure software solution for directing user requests to a server. Other manufacturers use firmware code in the ROM, thus restricting the software to a more limited range of microprocessors.

Linuxlab packages its server hardware with the Linuxlab FarMan load-balancing software and the Linux Server OS. The server OS has been streamlined for speed and reliability. Together with the FarMan load-balancing software, these programs provide a comprehensive server farm solution.

Founded in 1999 to provide advanced, easy-to-use solutions for IT professionals, Linuxlab was the first to break the 100-server scalability barrier for mounting servers in a standard six-foot equipment rack. Its advanced load-balancing and Web-base mail server software aims to make system management easy to learn and perform, while at the same time providing advanced features to enhance performance, reliability, and security at affordable prices.

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